The History of Baseball: Documents from the Early Days of America’s National Sport

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Date(s) - 02/26/2017
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm iCal

The Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum

Baseball, a game popular in various forms in England and on the continent for centuries, evolved into its present form in the late 1800’s to become the national sport of the United States. With rules varying from place to place and from year to year, the game became professionally established with the emergence of the Major Leagues, beginning with the founding of the National League in 1876 and the American League in 1901, and spread in popularity throughout the world. The Karpeles Museum will present an extraordinary exhibition of some two dozen original manuscript pages and rare printed documents relating to the development and history of baseball during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Included are a remarkable Japanese children’s book on the game published in the 1870’s, and original documents highlighting the extraordinary career of George Herman “Babe” Ruth (1895-1948), who played in major league baseball for 22 seasons from 1914 to 1935. Included are a scorecard issued after the 1915 World Series featuring the rookie Babe Ruth, the legendary player’s first contract with the New York Yankees, signed in 1922, and his contract signed in 1935 with the Boston Braves. Also included will be an elegantly engraved certificate of the first stock issue of the Boston Red Sox from 1905, a 1939 letter describing the invention of the catcher’s mitt by its reputed inventor Joseph B. Gunson, and a document binding all 16 major league baseball teams to radio broadcasting rules, signed by the 14 of the club presidents in 1939. On display Dec 30, 2016-Apr 26, 2017 Mon-Sat 10am-4pm, Sun 12-4pm. Admission is always free.


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